Anne Johnson

Anne Johnson has brought her 25 years of higher education and non-profit fundraising experience to the benefit of many of America’s most influential artistic, medical, and educational institutions.

Combining her knowledge of the unique demands of organizational leadership with the principles of emotional intelligence, she works carefully and precisely with ALG clients and candidates to ensure placements that lead to long-term success. Anne fills the roles of partner, advisor, strategist, and guide throughout each step of the search process, working with organizations to clarify their priorities and values and deliver an ideal placement. She has managed a broad and diverse portfolio of close to 200 executive-level searches and placed leaders at the country’s prominent medical foundations, scientific institutes, Ivy League and research universities, liberal arts colleges, symphony orchestras, ballet and opera companies, and art museums.

Prior to joining Aspen Leadership Group, Anne served as chief development officer of the San Francisco Symphony, where she held responsibilities of both the senior management role and leadership of the Symphony’s contributed revenue division, while also working closely with the 80-member Board of Governors. During her tenure, she raised the principal gifts that supported milestone achievements such as the renowned SoundBox performance venue, the acclaimed 2014 European tour led by Michael Tilson Thomas, and the Symphony’s long-awaited stage production of West Side Story.

Her leadership as Associate Vice President of Development and Campaign Director for San José State University’s first-ever $200 million comprehensive campaign placed that university among the top tier of California State University institutions. SJSU exceeded its campaign goal by almost $10 million and a full year earlier than projected. Her career has spanned multiple sectors and levels of leadership, from community arts organizations and private consulting to corporate and foundation relations and major gifts at public and private universities.

Her leadership in fundraising has resulted in multiple CASE awards including the 2008 National Circle of Excellence Award. She enjoys coaching and mentoring candidates in their career trajectories and has led public seminars and webinars on career development. She serves on several governing boards in support of her passions for the visual and performing arts, as well as regional and national animal welfare efforts.

Anne holds a M.A. degree in Education from Boston University and a B.A. in French from the University of Kansas with studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She is fluent in French and Italian and taught English in Japan, where she became conversational in Japanese.

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